Marissa Devault Case

By: Mandi and Cody

What Happened

Marissa Devault went on trial for killing her husband. She told police officers that she killed her husband but in self-defense. Her husband, Harrell, suffered severe head injuries from a hammer that she used to attack him. After the attack he died a few weeks later at a hospice.


1. Cast off from hammer

2. The medium velocity, the person who did it would be covered in blood.

3. Passive stains

4. Fingerprints from the hammer

5. DNA from the perp and victim

6. Hair attached to the hammer

Self-defense or murder?

I do think it was murder. She was in debt and needed his life insurance to get out of her debt. I also think it was murder because I feel like she would of acted in self-defense before this time. It sounds like to me that she grabbed a hammer and decided to hit him with it because she was tired, not while he was sexually assaulting her.